Eclipse Records

‘Eclipse’: A brand new old fashioned record label headed by Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs launches…

After the success of their compilation The Trip last year, Wiggs and Stanley decided to take matters into their own hands, and Universal Music Catalogue happily gave them an imprint that lay dormant in the vaults – ECLIPSE – for the much-loved pop duo to raid the far corners of the company’s archives. And that's a big old archive – at their fingertips they have the listings for Philips, Decca, A&M, Island, Polydor, Mercury, ABC, Dunhill, MCA and many more. They will work alongside the catalogue department to produce individual works of stunning musical beauty.

Released in 2006

Released in 2006

Released in 2006

Released in 2009

A trawl through the Polydor, Mercury, Philips and Fontana labels throws up 20 very desirable, teen trauma tracks. Hear Jenny Wren's fierce anguish on Chasing My Dreams All Over Town!

Hear Kiki Dee's perfect Spector pastiche Miracles! Hear Pattie Lane's crying solo on Paper Dreams! And then there's Claire Francis' But I Don't Care, which is one of the most dramatic, exquisite Girl Group 45s of them all.

This is the best compilation of UK girl pop since the genre-kickoff Here Come The Girls some two decades back.

Sleevenotes by blonde bombshell Sheila B, the Diana Dors of NYC.

JOHNNY DANKWORTH - Let's Slip Away: Film & TV 1960-73
Released in 2009

Classic, previously un-comped themes from The Avengers, The Servant, Darling, Modesty Blaise and Saturday Night & Sunday Morning among others. Beautifully cool jazz-pop from the days before Johnny started calling himself John and getting all serious on your ass.

CD1 is big screen entertainment, CD2 home entertainment which features the legendary Tomorrow's World theme heard immediately prior to TOTP in the 70s.

Sleevenotes by Workers Playtime dj and suave gent Martin Green, penned on a private jet between Milan and Camden Town.

THE IMPRESSIONS Complete A and B Sides 1961-68
Released in 2009

Possibly the most faultless run of singles by any soul group in the sixties. Curtis Mayfield was their leader with a sweet, high registered voice, truly beautiful. He radiated yearning on their first hit, 1961's Latin-flavoured Gypsy Woman, a minimalist one-act soul tableau; radiated devotional love on 1964's deathlessly pretty I'm So Proud. He radiated kindness and innocence. Saint Curtis - nobody ever doubted his sincerity. He got to the nub of the issue with a universal message on It's All Right in 1963:

When you wake up early in the morning
Feeling sad like so many of us do
Hum a little soul
Make life your goal
And surely something's got to come to you

Sleevenotes penned by new generation beat girl and Mojo writer Lois Wilson while she sat in rainy Blackheath contemplating a move to snowy Chicago.

GARY WALKER & THE RAIN - Album Number One
Released in 2009

The Walker Brothers, teen scream material to rival the Beatles in '66, split in '67. Both Scott and John had taken lead vocal duty, but drummer Gary hadn't sung a note, nor written anything.

He decided to put a tough new group together that could rival the forward-looking, chart-busting acts of '67, and he'd call them the Rain.

Their sole album, only issued in Japan, is a psych-pop gem. A highlight is the crunching Magazine Woman, like a pumped-up Revolver outtake, with buzzing guitars and phased effects obtained by producer Fritz Fryer when he jammed screwdrivers into parts of the 8-track desk.

Sleevenotes by me, lying in bed last winter with a fever (the cure turned out to be 'more cowbell').